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Research Instruction Workshops

Research Workshops

· 25-minute sessions teaching research skills
· Held in the Library's classroom A-1102, D2L Virtual Classroom, or Zoom
· Choose one or more to fit your class period and instructional needs

Request a Research Workshop Research Workshop online request form

Research Workshop Descriptions

Note: The Library will reserve the Mobile Laptop Lab for your students to use during the workshops.

Library 101

This workshop introduces students to our library and its services, such as the Library's MyKC site, library catalog, article databases, and Interlibrary Loan.

Works great for:

  • beginning a research unit
  • a basic library orientation for student success or developmental courses 

Searching Article Databases 

In this workshop, students will learn how to use EBSCO Host and other online search tools to find both popular and scholarly literature. The learning activity covers search strategies and guidance for citing online articles.

Works great for:

  • differentiating between academic databases and the open web
  • differentiating between popular and scholarly articles, and understanding the value of both

Cite It Right  

Students create citations using MLA, APA, or CSE Style and receive immediate feedback. Librarians will provide a variety of source types for students to practice with.

Works great for:

  • practicing citations toward the end of a research unit
  • hands-on experience citing a variety of print and electronic sources

Plagiarism & Paraphrasing

Students will learn what constitutes academic dishonesty and will practice paraphrasing source material in order to avoid plagiarism.

Works great for:

  • courses requiring research-based writing
  • practice integrating source material into one's own writing

Build Your Own!

Request a customized workshop just for your students! Fill out the "Build Your Own" box on the online request form, or contact Carol directly.


Carol Wubbena
Office: A1106 (in the Library)
(815) 825-9544

Frances Whaley
Office: A1112 (in the Library)
(815) 825-9499

Embedded Librarian

Are your students needing to improve their research skills?  Tired of seeing website articles on their Works Cited pages?  Are you spending too much time directing your students to Google Scholar or the Library databases?  Perhaps an embedded librarian is just what you need for your class.  What does an embedded librarian do?

I can

  • Help your students find better sources for their papers (asynchronous or synchronous)
  • Answer their MLA questions and help them improve their Works Cited pages (asynchronous)
  •  Lead a Class Discussion in D2L on research sources (asynchronous)
  • Present an hour-long workshop where your students can get a little practice finding sources and citing them. (synchronous)
  • Pop into your class at the beginning of Research Season to help them with their topics and at the end of the Research Season to help them cite their sources. (synchronous)
  • Provide videos or research related search strategies, and help design research assignments to lead students to high-quality, scholarly resources. (asynchronous)
  • Provide videos, a chat widget, links to article databases, streaming videos, and other library content that can be embedded into your D2L course. (asynchronous)
  • Create a research guide for your course (asynchronous)

If you think any of these activities would help your students succeed in your class, contact Carol for more info

Sample Research Assignments

Sample Research Assignments

  • Assignments designed by librarians to teach information skills
  • ‚ÄčUtilizing librarian-designed online tutorials
  • Edit these documents to meet your unique instructional needs

Finding Quality Information Sources.doc

Updated 8/6/2018
With this worksheet, students will:

  • find background information
  • narrow their topics
  • find books, articles, and web pages
  • formulate tentative thesis statements

Peer-Reviewed Articles Activity

Students discover the process of peer review, and learn how to find scholarly literature.

Hacking Google (Smart Web Searching Activity)

Students learn how to think critically about information on the web.

Hacking Wikipedia (Smart Web Searching Activity)

Students learn how to obtain sources cited in a Wikipedia reference list.